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? >> i cannot believe that we have the president of the united states of america in grand junction, colorado. [applause] we are so proud of you. >> thank you. >> i am a naturalized citizen, and i am proud to be an american. [applause] as a child, i had polio, and i have had 52 surgeries to correct my bones. between here and the mayo clinic in phoenix arizona, i have been blessed with a good insurance, generally excellent doctors and care. however, my major concern in costs, even with good insurance, and has been high, when i have been gone out of the network. why should our doctors' treatment choice be limited by a geographic area of the state? what kind of competition is this, mr. president? . decisions are being made by insurance companies. in fairness, we probably could not construct a system in which you could see any doctor anywhere in the world any time regardless of expense. bulb be hard to set up. if you live in maine, you are going to fly into california -- put you up -- you can see, and i'm not trying to make light of it, but you can see the difficulty. with any system we
-depth." >> this is "america and the courts." sonia sotomayor moved one step closer to being confirmed for the supreme court thursday. a vote was made to send her nomination to the full senate for a vote. the committee largely voted along party lines, with lindsay graham the only republican voting for her. they will take up the full vote next week. >> do we have a quorum? i want to thank all members of the committee for their cooperation. two weeks ago, during our hearings on the nomination of judge sotomayor, the supreme court got a chance to ask questions, also to raise concerns. it gave the nominee an opportunity to respond to relentless criticism, having had to remain silent for the two months prior to the hearing. it gave her her chance to half a public voice, and allowed the american people to see and hear for themselves. it is interesting that during those four days, almost 2000 people attended a hearing in person in this room. millions more solid, heard it, read about it, there were newspapers, blogs, television, cable, and and the judiciary committee, we have a webcasting. obama was right when he s
of local wall street journal." >> thank you for having me. . . >> this is c-span's "america and the courts." thursday, the u.s. senate voted to confirm the nomination of sonia sotomayor to the supreme court 68-31 with nine republicans joining the democrats. next, highlights from the senate floor debate. sotomayor's nomination, but first i'm going to be joined by several of my esteemed fellow women senators, including senator shaheen of new hampshire, who is here already. senator stabenow of michigan. senator gillibrand from new york. and senator murray of washington state. we all know that this nomination is history-making for several reasons, but one of them, of course, is that judge sotomayor will be only the third woman to ever join the supreme court of the united states of america. we know she's incredibly well-qualified. she's got more federal judicial experience than any nominee for the past 100 years. that's something that's remarkable. but i do think it's worth remembering what it was like to be a nominee for this court as a woman even just a few years ago. it's worth remembering,
as they provide their insights about the court and the building. the supreme court -- home to america's highest court. first sunday in october on c- span. >> this is c-span's "america and the courts." next, kathleen sullivan will review important cases from the recent supreme court term. she spoke at the ninth circuit court judicial conference in monterey, calif., last month. >> thank you, judge fisher, and welcome. it is an enormous honor and privilege to be with you here at the ninth circuit and with so many friends and admirers colleagues. my task is to talk about the last term the supreme court. i thought we would get the morning started with fleeting excellence. i do not just mean what you said on the golf course the other day. although that is not just a joke. justice stevens, in his concurrence -- his dissent in the decision in fcc versus fox says broadcast and expletives, according to the fcc, in violation of fcc broadcast policy, are not always in the center -- in decent. as he said, as any golfer who has watched a shanked short approach go, it does not mean that the profanity uttered
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